Top 5 music events in Leicester!

Student life wouldn’t be the same without music, and especially live music. So whilst staying in the Midlands academy student accommodation it is important you know about the top five music events that are happening near you, and everyone needs to treat themselves with the student loans every once in a while, don’t they?

1. Leicester Music Festival

Here is the big one, Welford road stadium plays host to some of the latest big names in music, and only just over one mile away from city block 1! From the 25th to 27th of July the line up includes someone for everyone, from Tinie Tempah to the Saturdays, Billy Ocean to Labrinth everyone will be pleased. Head over to the festivals website to view the full line-up and book your tickets.


2. Outlook festival launch party

So we know you are probably a student if you are reading this, so we know you probably can’t afford a little festival trip to Croatia. Outlook festival in Croatia probably understands this too, so they are bringing the festival to you! The O2 academy is hosting the Outlook launch party on the 3rd of May and more details about the event can be found here.

3. Kasabian

Kasabian are coming home. This year one of the best British bands are playing their hometown at Victoria Park on the 21st of June. Perfect way to treat yourself just as the academic year finishes and summer is about to start! Go and buy your tickets here before they sell out!


4. Jools Holland

After a long and tiring summer and you are back in Leicester, what better way to enjoy a cold November Thursday night than to see the rhythm and blues man himself, Jools Holland. Appearing with his band at the De Montfort hall on the 27th of November, this really is a show to experience as part of the student life! Tickets are here.

5. Tribute acts.

Like marmite, you either love them or hate them, but every student needs to experience some in their university life. The O2 academy is hosting a number of silly named tributes paying homage to your favourite artists. From The Darkmess (Darkness) to The Doors Experience you will be surely be in for an experience to remember. A full listings of the O2 Academies listings can be found at their website.

Now, as a student, you must love free things and even better, free tickets. The O2 academy have a street team available to join that rewards its members with free tickets. So it would be daft to miss an opportunity like this.

So there you go, make the most of your city based midlands academy student accommodation and head out to experience the best live music Leicester has to offer.


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So, you’re going to De Montfort Uni? Good choice. Now here’s the exciting part. When choosing your accommodation there are plenty of things you need to take into account to make sure you will be happy in your new uni home. For DeMontfort University accommodation, CityBlock offer the choice of two high quality student living places in the heart of Leicester’s lively and vibrant city centre. Whether you’re a first or later year student, CityBlock offers the living facilities for all. Here’s some information why Leicester CityBlock 1 might just be the perfect accommodation for you…

Leicester CityBlock 1


CityBlock 1 is situated in the middle of the goings on of Leicester, just off the high street on Careys Close, amidst the hustle and bustle of bars, restaurants, clubs and shops. Leicester is well connected to the rest of the UK by both rail and road – which means it is easy enough to get home during holidays and weekends!

CityBlock 1 consists of 92 cost-effective standard and superior single ensuite rooms spread out over 5 floors. The flats are in clusters of 10 or 11, a larger grouping means there is a wide range of personalities, and so making fantastic friends fast is always easy. CityBlock’s aim is to provide a home for students where they will be happy and content, meeting each individual’s demands and needs. There is an option for mixed and single gender flats, so if this is a requirement you wish for let us know and we will be sure to sort it for you.

All rooms are ensuite, which means no queuing for the toilet in a morning and gives each individual their own privacy. The weekly cleaning service to all rooms encourages students to focus on their studies (…and social life!) and all kitchens come equipped with everything, so moving in is easy and stress-free.

There are 4 types of rooms available:

Budget single ensuite room – all bills included at £96.03 a week means this is the perfect option for any student on a tighter budget.

Standard single ensuite rooms – comfortable, high quality rooms with everything you need. At only £103.79 a week, including all bills and utilities, it is the perfect option for a first year student or returning larger groups of friends.

Superior single ensuite rooms – larger rooms with a 3/4 bed at £111.55 a week are popular with undergraduates wanting a little more living space.

Superior self contained studios – large contained living and bedroom areas, with a fully equipped kitchen and double bed. Priced at £138.71 a week, this is a bargain for students of all years wanting a larger private living space.


If you feel Leicester CityBlock 1 is for you, or you would like to enquire about any of our other options for DeMontfort University accommodation please feel free to get in touch with our friendly team at CityBlock on 01162 517270 or email at

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Preparation Tips to Help You Excel in Exams

So right now it’s the Easter holidays. Ideally you would love to be lazing in a park at home enjoying a picnic; taking a leisurely stroll round your favourite part of town or gorging on Easter eggs till you never want to look at chocolate again. This however, isn’t the reality for students, as is the case with the Christmas holiday; Easter doesn’t bring much relief from grafting. If you haven’t already started revising for the delight that is exam time, you should really start making a revision timetable now and planning out your time.

A Month Before Your Exams

It is now approximately a month until the exam season is in full swing. If you have more than four exams you should have ideally havestudying dragon started revising by now, however it is understandable that other commitments and assignments such as dissertations prevent this from happening. Create a timetable of how much time you have and assign yourself time slots during the day where you will revise for each of your exams. Remember to factor in time for breaks and don’t just revise for one module for a solid day.

Set up your space so that you have everything you need within easy reach. City Block’s student accommodation in Leicester has spacious, well organised rooms that are designed with studying in mind. There is a spacious desk so you can spread out and have room for all you notes. Above the desk are shelves so you have your files and books in easy reach. There is also a pin board where you can stick notes and flow charts. Make sure you stock up on stationary: if you’re going to need large sheets of paper for posters then buy them at the start of the revision period.

Two Weeks Before

Two weeks before the exams you should have made a fair dent into each of your module files and have covered at least one of the terms. In order to consolidate your knowledge, you could start up a study group with course mates. This will give you a chance to discuss possible exam questions, plan potential answers and you can also get help with anything you don’t understand. A great way of reinforcing information is to discuss your ideas with friends as talking helps you remember things.

A Few Days Before

A few days before the exam you should condense the information you have learnt into key facts and points and draw this up on a visual poster or mind map. Use highlighters and illustrations to help the information stand out. If your exam answers are essay style then you could write up some key quotes to fit in or examples.


When it comes to exam period you should make an extra effort to look after yourself. Cut out the alcohol for a few weeks and drink plenty of water to keep up your concentration levels. For main meals, make sure you are eating plenty of green vegetables, whole foods and fish if possible. Snack on fruit, nuts and yoghurts instead of things with high sugar. Also aim for nine hours sleep a night as this will help your concentration. Professor Sarah Moore, co-author of The Ultimate Study Skills Handbook says “The fresher and more energetic you feel, the more it will support your ability to tackle the cognitive challenges.”

 The Morning of the Exam

Before you know it, the dreaded exam day will roll round, However if you have prepared well you will have no need to fret. Before setting off for your exam make sure you have eaten a healthy and hearty breakfast to help you concentrate: this can be fruit and yoghurt or cereal.


Make sure you have the right equipment with you and double check your exam timetable for the time, location and seat number if you are issued with this in advance. Make sure you pack: three pens (you never know when they might fail you), a bottle of water, your student ID, a calculator if it’s a maths or physics exam. Don’t take your mobile phone even if you’re convinced you turned it on silent; by not taking it you’ll guarantee it won’t go off.


You should take time to enjoy yourself these holidays so that you get a good work/ rest as this will mean you are productive. The key is to be organised and arrange all your notes clearly so you can easily digest the information. Revision really isn’t that bad when you get the right technique!

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Why Study at De Montfort University?

Choosing to study at a university is not a decision to take lightly; it will have a significant impact on your adult life through the friends you make and also the career paths you will take. If you want to get the most out of student life, then it is well worth studying at De Montfort University.

DMU (De Montfort University) offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses that are tailored to meet the requirements of today’s employers. Recently, DMU announced that it was the winner of the Guardian University Award for Outstanding Community Contribution; you can find out more about this achievement by reading the article found at the Leicester Mercury.

If you are planning for a career in a profession such as pharmacy, nursing, forensic science and social work, then you won’t fail to be impressed by DMU’s Faculty of Health and Life Sciences. You will work on practical projects, such as the development of an artificial pancreas for example; this kind of practical project will give you the experience and skills to succeed in a career.  DMU also has 3 other respected faculties, including a Faculty of Business and Law. The Times Good University Guide 2010 ranked DMU’s Faculty of Business and Law 7th out of 110 institutions for its levels of student satisfaction. This is down to excellent teaching, modern and relevant research, and also superb links within the business and law industry.

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In addition to the excellent standards of teaching, DMU also has a variety of societies that will cater to all tastes and cultures. You will be able to discover exciting new hobbies and find a new passion. The societies range from dodge ball and film, to baking and comedy, so there will surely be something to stimulate your interest.

Here at City Block, we offer De Montfort University accommodation in Leicester City centre, which is located just 5 minutes away from De Montfort’s campus. Our two buildings are in the heart of the city centre and feature a range of room types to suit all budgets. They are well maintained and have facilities such as communal rooms with flat screen TVs, dishwashers in all kitchens and a weekly cleaning service. If you would like to find out more information, then you can call us on 01162 517270.

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Privileges and Perks: Just One More Reason to Live at City Block

There are endless reasons why you should choose to live at City Block. Not only do we provide superior quality student rooms and flats, but we also know how to treat our residents. We make sure that your needs are met and, to show our appreciation of you choosing City Block, we offer rewards, treats and exclusive discounts.

When you become a City Block resident, whether you live in Lancaster or our student accommodation in Leicester, you will receive a privilege card that gives you access to amazing discounts around the city. Below, we illustrate just some of the great discounts you will receive and show you how you can have a brilliant budget day in Leicester on us!

Firstly, if you’ve just rolled out of bed and couldn’t be bothered to eat, head to Bar Sandwich on St. Nicholas Place where you can buy a mouth-watering breakfast such as bacon rolls, sausage and egg butties or an indulgent muffin. If you spend £3 or more, you even get a free cup of coffee or tea to wake you up!

Next it’s time for some shopping, so head to the high street. For the ladies who love to get glammed up, we’re offering 10% off all purchases from The Beauty Box; located on Silver Street. This boutique beauty store offers makeup from leading brands including L’Oreal, Benefit, Clarins and OPI nail lacquer.  When you’ve restocked your beauty supplies, why not get your hair done? Ungaro Hair is kindly offering a 15% discount for ladies and gents.

Shopping is hungry business, so stop off to refuel at Paninos Sandwich Bar on London Road. This quirky cafe sells gorgeous home cooked food. Grab a Paninos meal deal including a panini, drink and crisps for only £2.99 with your privilege card.

In the afternoon there’s plenty to do in Leicester. If you’re the fitness conscious type then head for The Gym on Causeway Lane. If you own a privilege card you can get a fantastic 50% discount when you join.

If you’re looking for a fun day out and a laugh, then we have also teamed up with the staff at Swingers Virtual Golf Cafe to bring you fun, interactive virtual golf. It will help you improve your skills as much as the real thing, but it’s conveniently located on your doorstep and you can have a beer while you play!

The weekends are for living the high life, right? If you want to maximise your weekend with your mates, then use your privilege card to get yourself a bargain meal out. Visit the flashy and flamboyant Candy Stripe restaurant where you will receive an exclusive 30% discount on food. After a delicious meal, head just down the street to Fat Cat Cafe bar where you can get 20% off at the weekend.

The perfect weekend always involves a good night out with some classic tunes, singing, dancing, and, of course, plenty of banter. You can get various great offers with your privilege card, including two-for-£7 cocktails, £11 pitchers and £10 bottles of house wine.

At the end of the night you don’t have to stagger home in wobbly heels, but nor do you have to break the bank getting home. Metro cars are offering an amazing 5% discount on journeys no matter what time of the day it is, so you can always get back to your City Block accommodation safely.

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5 Ways to Enjoy the Sun on a Budget

Winter is finally coming to end and the sun is shining, so you know what that means; it’s time to have some fun…but that doesn’t mean spending loads of money! It’s good to have a break from your revision, coursework and studying, and of course the best way to do that is to get outside to embrace the fabulous spring sunshine (well, you never know when it will be back again in England!). So here are 5 ways that students can enjoy the sun on a budget.


1.       Have a Picnic 

If there is one way to take advantage of the sun without spending a lot of money it is by having a picnic. Whether there are 2 of you or 10 of you, you can have a spectacular day; make a few sandwiches and buy a large bag of crisps and have a fabulous time! Our student accommodation in Leicester is located close to amazing parks – the perfect place for enjoying a picnic. In fact both of our Leicester locations back onto Jubilee Square, which is currently being transformed into a gorgeous park that is fantastic for spring and summer leisure – it is due for completion in May 2014, just in time for the good weather!

2.       Play Football in the Park

Get active and play a game of football (or Frisbee!) in the park. If you are feeling stressed about your dissertation, getting competitive is an excellent way to blow off steam and enjoy yourself. Exercise isn’t just good for the body it is also good for the soul and will certainly make you feel fantastic.

3.       Relax with a Good Book

Bring your blanket and your favourite book (or e-reader!) or your revision to the local park and simply enjoy the weather. Reading something you love is a wonderful way to unwind when you have been writing an essay all day – best of all it costs nothing! Our student accommodation in Lancaster isn’t too far from Williamson Park which is the perfect place for relaxing and taking in the ambience.

4.       BBQ with Friends

Every student loves food and there is nothing better than enjoying a hamburger or a hotdog with your closest friends – it’s a great way to relax after a hard day of lectures. Split the cost between your friends so that you can have mountains of food for less of a price. In our opinion, it’s never too early to have a BBQ!

5.       Go Walking

England is a beautiful place to live, and going on a group walk with all of your friends is the best way to take in all of the wonders of nature and the city where you live. Try not to get lost, and reward yourself with a pub lunch at the end of it.

So if you’re looking to take a break from studying get out in the sunshine and take advantage of it while you can!




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UK – Still the Popular Choice

A recent report from Universities UK (UKK) has indicated that international student numbers are expected to continue to increase over the next decade – great news for the UK student accommodation sector.

Jeremy Holmes from Universities UK reports that the UK is the 2nd most popular destination for university courses with 13% of the total number of students globally studying in the UK.

At the Student Accommodation Conference in in December 2013, Jeremy revealed that the market for Higher Education has doubled since 2000 with 450,000 being international students.  Predicted growth markets for the UK include China, India, Saudi Arabia, Brazil, Indonesia and Nigeria.

The UKK is aiming to deliver an additional 90,000 overseas students by 2018 causing additional demand for high quality student support and accommodation.  This figure equates to a 20% increase in 5 years which should hopefully increase overall income by 40%.

Jeremy went on to describe how the UKK will be working with the government to improve visa compliance issues with a clear message that “The UK is open for business”.

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University Applications Reach Record High


Student property investors have been delighted by news that university applications have risen to record levels. UCAS has reported an increase of 4% in applications received by the deadline on the 15th of January this year.  This indicates that more people than ever are considering university after leaving school or college, and it looks set to increase demand for student accommodation.

The number of applications to UCAS this year rose by 4% compared to last year, in spite of the fact there were 1% fewer 18 year olds in the UK population. In total, around 580,000 people applied for a higher education course, which represents 35% of 18 year olds in the UK.  Student numbers took a significant hit a few years ago, when tuition fees were nearly tripled after a large and very public controversy. However, student numbers have since recovered and are continuing to rise despite the higher cost of tuition.

According to UCAS Chief Executive Mary Curnock Cook, an analysis of the figures “shows a remarkably persistent growth in demand for higher education.”  Cook went on to say that the increased demand came “from all demographic backgrounds and for institutions across the spectrum in the UK.”  This year’s statistics also show that applications to every type of higher education institution are on the rise, regardless of tuition fee levels.

Demand for student property is already high in many student towns, and often outstrips supply in the most popular student markets. This record number of applications looks set to push demand even higher. This means that student property investors and landlords, especially in major cities with multiple universities, stand to benefit substantially as students rush to find a place to live.

With the current figures not only reaching a record but continuing a trend of rising applications, demand also looks set to continue in the future. This has reassured many, whether active in the student property market or considering investments in the area, that this market provides a safe and secure investment for their funds. The student property market already has a strong reputation as a secure investment opportunity, and the growing number of UK applications combined with increasing interest from overseas students has done much to cement the idea.

For more information, please contact Trevor Bargh



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Join a Society at Leicester University

Here at City Block we actively encourage our residents to get the most out of student life. It goes without saying that we want you to do well in your studies. This is why our range of student housing in Leicester comes with no connection fee on your broadband, and a large desk with plenty of room to put your laptop or computer, ensuring you can study in the comfort of your room. Like we say, studies are a significant part of your student life, but we do want you to enjoy life experiences as well as intellectual ones, which is why in this blog we will be looking into joining a society.

Leicester University has a wide range of clubs and societies open to university students. Not only is it a great way to meet other students and fill you with a great sense of community and camaraderie, you will also be equipped with essential marketable skills. Below are some example of great societies for you to join.

Film Society

Get together with a group to watch and talk about your favourite movies. Alongside weekly screenings, Leicester Film Society has cinema trips, film quizzes and many other socials. If you have a guilty pleasure for Arnold Schwarzenegger movies or like to spend the occasional evening re-watching Roberto Benigni’s breathtaking performance in La vita è bella, you will find likeminded people to spend time with.


The student union maths society (SUMS) is ideal for maths enthusiasts. They run a wide range of socials including bowling, lazer quest and charity events as well as trips to theme parks and IMA conferences. The maths society also has an academic side with guest lecturers from all over the worldjoining the society to improve members’ knowledge of Mathematics.


If you are tired of the hustle and bustle of student life and you want to escape for the day by walking in the hills, then the Hiking society is for you. You will be climbing some of Britain’s highest peaks which will give you a tremendous sense of achievement, not to mention the fact that you will have something to boast about on Monday morning lectures!

To make the most out of your experiences with these societies, be sure to keep a record of the challenges you overcome. Before you are attending an interview be sure to memorise these experiences as potential employers will ask you to describe a situation where you have used a particular skill. This can only help your chances of employment in the long term.

Leicester University has a lot going for it in terms and education, socialisation and societies. If you have not yet found accommodation for university then you should consider us at Cityblock. We have 8 types of rooms to suit all kinds of budgets and we welcome enquiries so call us on 0116 2517270. We also have student accommodation in Lancaster, to find out more about our Lancaster rooms call 01524 541251.

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The Top 5 Tips to Avoid Procrastination

Here at City Block we know that many of students suffer from the big ‘P’, that’s right, procrastination. Everyone has the urge to procrastinate and it’s understandable, who wants to do work when there’s so much fun to be had?! However, if you want to succeed at university you need to overcome procrastination and get your work/revision done. Don’t worry though, many students struggle with this, so we’ve come up with 5 top tips that will help you in your quest to defeat the urge to procrastinate.

1.       Do It Now

If you’re dreading doing a piece of work, bite the bullet and do it first thing in the morning. If you don’t you will come up with a whole array of creative excuses and even clean your room to avoid doing it and guess what, you’ll still have to do the work after that dastardly task but under more pressure! Be strict with yourself.

2.       Study in Groups

When you work with people you are more likely to be motivated to do the work. Head to the library with your flatmates or other students from your course, plus if you get stuck you can ask for help – 2 brains are better than one. Take breaks together then get back to the books and study! study! study!

3.       The ‘To-Do’ List

Write a ‘to-do’ list, having a plan of action will help you to remain organised throughout the day. Schedule an hour of work then maybe a 30 minute break, if you spread your work or revision throughout the day you can have an excellent work/play balance, it will also help you to avoid feeling overwhelmed.

4.       Reward Yourself

Promise yourself a lovely reward for when you have finished the task it could be anything from your favourite cheese cake to a night out with your friends – with something positive to look forward to you’re bound to get your work done.

5.       Banish Distractions

If you’re working on a computer it’s very tempting to have a quick browse on Facebook or Twitter for 5 minutes, now you know that 5 minutes can easily become an hour or more, so whilst working you should disconnect and turn your mobile data off while you’re at it. If you require the internet for research then do it on a previous day then set yourself a internet-free time period, similar to exam conditions to get the work done.

The urge to procrastination is something that every student at every university suffers from, but hopefully the tips above will help you to overcome it and just get the work done. At City Block, we offer high quality student flats in Lancaster as well as student flats in Leicester that have the perfect environment for both work and play. We understand what students need to succeed at university and have a fantastic time in the process!



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